Zitat des Tages von Jonathan Swift:
Every dog must have his day.
I never knew a man come to greatness or eminence who lay abed late in the morning.
Words are but wind; and learning is nothing but words; ergo, learning is nothing but wind.
Most sorts of diversion in men, children and other animals, are in imitation of fighting.
Where I am not understood, it shall be concluded that something very useful and profound is couched underneath.
My nose itched, and I knew I should drink wine or kiss a fool.
Censure is the tax a man pays to the public for being eminent.
Principally I hate and detest that animal called man; although I heartily love John, Peter, Thomas, and so forth.
When a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in a confederacy against him.
No wise man ever wished to be younger.
The latter part of a wise person's life is occupied with curing the follies, prejudices and false opinions they contracted earlier.
Vanity is a mark of humility rather than of pride.
We are so fond on one another because our ailments are the same.
I never saw, heard, nor read, that the clergy were beloved in any nation where Christianity was the religion of the country. Nothing can render them popular, but some degree of persecution.
Books, the children of the brain.
Power is no blessing in itself, except when it is used to protect the innocent.
It is the folly of too many to mistake the echo of a London coffee-house for the voice of the kingdom.
Interest is the spur of the people, but glory that of great souls. Invention is the talent of youth, and judgment of age.
A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong, which is but saying... that he is wiser today than yesterday.
Nothing is so great an example of bad manners as flattery. If you flatter all the company, you please none; If you flatter only one or two, you offend the rest.
The power of fortune is confessed only by the miserable, for the happy impute all their success to prudence or merit.
Politics, as the word is commonly understood, are nothing but corruptions.
Poor nations are hungry, and rich nations are proud; and pride and hunger will ever be at variance.
Although men are accused of not knowing their own weakness, yet perhaps few know their own strength. It is in men as in soils, where sometimes there is a vein of gold which the owner knows not of.
Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through.
Once kick the world, and the world and you will live together at a reasonably good understanding.
The proper words in the proper places are the true definition of style.
Good manners is the art of making those people easy with whom we converse. Whoever makes the fewest people uneasy is the best bred in the room.
Better belly burst than good liquor be lost.
Men are happy to be laughed at for their humor, but not for their folly.
There were many times my pants were so thin I could sit on a dime and tell if it was heads or tails.
For in reason, all government without the consent of the governed is the very definition of slavery.
There are few, very few, that will own themselves in a mistake.
He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.
The best doctors in the world are Doctor Diet, Doctor Quiet, and Doctor Merryman.
Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.